Top 10 ed-tech stories of 2013, No. 3: Big Data

“Flipped” and adaptive learning programs gained traction on campus. A high-profile internet hoax involving a college athlete propelled the term “catfishing” into the public consciousness. MOOCs hit some key stumbling blocks, while the notion of a college degree became more fluid.

techThese were some of the key ed-tech developments affecting colleges and universities in the past year—and we’ve got a full recap for you right here.

In this special all-digital publication, the editors of eCampus News highlight what we think are the 10 most significant higher-education technology stories of 2013.

To learn how these stories have made an impact on colleges and universities this year—and how they’ll continue to shape higher education in 2014 and beyond—read on.

3. ‘Big Data’ is changing the way colleges operate.

Purdue University students have developed a software program that uses Big Data to help police target where campus crime could happen.

A private Australian university is using data analytics to better understand the massive amounts of student feedback collected by faculty members every semester.

And the Lone Star College System is using Big Data to understand where it is most at risk of losing students, helping administrators evaluate how its policies are supporting or hindering student success.

These are just a few of the uses of “Big Data,” or the collection and analysis of large data sets to improve operations, that have emerged on college campuses this year. And, just as the uses of Big Data have evolved, the tools available to help campus officials make sense of all this information have evolved as well.

The University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s new George W. Donaghey Foundation Emerging Analytics Center is combining Big Data and 3D virtual reality in a $5 million project that it hopes can help researchers visualize massive amounts of data and attract more business to the state.

eCampus News Staff